Google rolled out their contribution to the music streaming scene, Google All Access, at their developers conference a couple weeks ago. I signed up and I’m hooked. But I’ve also been a loyal Spotify user since it came to the U.S.
So I wanted to bring up the pros and cons of these platforms so you can help me decide. Which is better?
Watch Google All Access vs. Spotify:
I instantly got hooked on Google All Access because the of the radio feature. You get so much more control over the playlist even though it is automatically created instead of manually so you can skip, delete and rearrange the songs that are suggested. I love this because I have a control issue and also because it makes it easier to go back and remember titles and artists.
The only problem I’m having is that I want to further customize a station by adding more like artists and music but I’ve only figured out that my feedback is enhancing the auto-station. So a little annoying but still much better than other options I’ve seen for discovery.
The biggest issue I could have forseen was not being able to use All Access on my iPhone which is why I love Spotify so much, but I’ve heard recently that it is in fact coming to iOS. So that really levels the playing field.
The service is paid no matter where you listen but if you sign up before June 30, 2013 it is $7.99 a month versus the usual $9.99 for everyone else. And of course you get a 30 day free trial.
I’m still deciding what I’m going to do at the end of my trial because I am a loyal Spotify user and pay $9.99 a month with them because I like to travel with my music on my iPhone and they make it really simple.
I love the playlists I made on the platform, but it’s not just that. I love seeing what my friends are listening to and subscribing to their playlists and them subscribing to mine. It feels like we have a musical connection better than the days when we were sharing headphones during lunch in high school.
Facebook integration definitely gives Spotify a huge advantage because of how easy it is to connect with those same friends on Spotify to watch their listening activity. Friend integration with All Access? You better have a community on Google Plus because that’s gonna be a thing at some point.
So you see my dilemma? I really love finding new music because I get tired of the same stuff all the time, but I want to be in control. At the same time, I don’t want to leave my friends and my awesome playlists behind. And am I really going to by $18.00 per month for music? It’s lookin’ that way, isn’t it?
What music platform are you using?